Brett Young married longtime girlfriend Taylor Mills on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Palm Desert, Calif., with the couple exchanging vows in an emotional ceremony in front of more than 200 friends and family.
Now that they are husband and wife, they both wear new jewelry on their ring fingers, although Young’s is quite different from a normal ring that slips off his finger due to an injury he has. suffered when he was younger.
“I broke up [my ring finger] I was 12 when I was 12, I played football. And so if you get a ring stuck on it, it swells up and gets stuck in there,” he explained to PEOPLE. “When you’re so young, you never think, ‘This is going to affect me for the rest of my life.'”
To ensure Young could wear a wedding band, jeweler Steve Goldfarb of Alvin Goldfarb had an unconventional idea.
“He said he could make me a ring that closes like a watch, so he made it from scratch with a clasp,” Young explained. “I’ve never worn a ring on this finger before!”
Mills’ wedding ring was designed by David Kodner, who created a diamond-encrusted band that coordinates with her engagement ring, a large oval diamond on a pavé band also designed by Kodner.
The couple exchanged wedding rings during their vows, which Young said was the hardest part of the day for him.
“It was definitely the hardest moment to go through and didn’t look like a big baby,” the 37-year-old confessed. PEOPLE. “I cried while writing my vows. When you’ve been together for ten years, every once in a while it’s really overwhelming to sit down and say in a few words how you feel about someone.”
Although the vows were difficult to pass, Young admitted that he was shedding tears most of the day.
“I cried when she walked, I cried during my vows. I cried during her vows,” he told Taste of Country. “I cried when my dad was doing his part of the ceremony. Hope it wasn’t some ugly screaming, I haven’t seen all the pictures yet.”
The California native’s father, Brad, is a pastor and presided over parts of the ceremony with Van Hazelitt, Young’s manager and groomsman.
“He did 1,000 marriages,” Young said. PEOPLE to have his father play a part in the ceremony. “I’m his only son and he didn’t want to be the preacher for the whole wedding. He wanted to attend his son’s wedding, so my manager, who is also one of my groomsmen and one of my close friends, snuck in and did most of the ceremony. My dad didn’t come back until the official part. It was really special to have my dad but also to have Van.”
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